Dr. Kim and Dr. Joseph Goodman are leaders, pioneers, and mentors in cosmetic dentistry and provide one of the best porcelain veneers Los Angeles can offer. Both doctors specialize in creating beautiful smile makeovers that translate into amazing life makeovers.
Our doctors have been featured on the world-famous TV show ‘The Doctors’, showing indeed how a smile makeover with veneers is a life makeover! Patients from all over the world travel to Beverly Hills to seek out Dr. Kim’s and Dr. Goodman’s extensive knowledge and talent in rebuilding their smiles.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is placed over the natural tooth. There are numerous situations that require the use of dental veneers.
Creating a new and improved appearance is one of the most common reasons patients ask for veneers. At our practice in Los Angeles porcelain veneers are offered to help mask any imperfections of your natural teeth conserving much of your natural tooth structure.
This is of utmost importance: Porcelain veneers cover only the front part of the tooth (the visible part), thus no shaving is required in between and in the back part of the teeth. Porcelain veneers can make short teeth longer, longer teeth shorter, yellow or grey teeth (Tetracycline staining) permanent and long lasting white, and you can choose from our smile gallery the shape and size of the veneers? In essence, you can customize your dream smile or bring a photo of your younger self. We strive to give you a rejuvenated smile, that fits your face, lips, and smile.
In a matter of two short weeks, you can have the smile you always dreamed of. The veneer placement process usually involves just two dental appointments. Veneers are a remarkable tool to restore and revitalize your smile quickly.
1st appointment: Consultation and if desired ordering lab fabricated temporaries in advance. (Wax up) . this Wax up will enable you to envision the future shape, size, design and you will have temporaries that look like the future veneers, thus making it easier for you to visualize your future smile.
2nd appointment: Preparation of teeth. Minimal preparation of teeth are always preferred. Deliver your temporary veneers and wait for lab turnaround.
3rd appointment: We will place the veneers on your teeth without any glue or cement. You have time to approve or make changes. If you approve, we will cement all veneers with a special, strong dental cement that we have been using for decades. We will adjust the bite and you can enjoy your new smile.
At Top Dentist in LA, we understand that many of our patients lead busy lives. For out of town patients flying in and for local patients who can't wait 2 weeks, a faster turnaround time can be arranged. Please call and inquire in our office before arriving from out of town.
Dental veneers can make a lasting change to a patient’s smile, however, not all veneers are created equal. When the right type, material, size, color, and shape is selected, the difference between veneers and natural teeth is nearly imperceptible.
Our top dentists in Los Angeles specialize in smile makeovers with porcelain veneers. Guided by many years of experience, they have transformed thousands of smiles.
At Top Dentist in LA, our prestigious cosmetic dental team partners with a high-end dental lab that is known in the industry for crafting the most aesthetic and durable porcelain veneers available in the state of California. A team of master ceramists, or porcelain veneer technicians, go to work creating a set of veneers that are a true work of art, fully customizing each tooth to perfect the client’s smile makeover.
There are three kinds of porcelain veneers in Los Angeles.
Minimal preparation veneers have been perfected by Dr. Lisa Kim and Dr. Joseph Goodman over the last two decades. This more conservative approach is also referred to as “contact lens veneers” because of their extremely thin nature. It is mandatory to have perfect harmony between the dentist and a master lab technician, especially when using this technique. Most inexperienced dentists or dental technicians use thicker and heavier looking porcelain veneers. The most beautiful veneers are thin, translucent, slightly imperfect and match the face.
Traditional, full preparation veneers typically require a 0.8-1.2 mm reduction of the front tooth surface. It is required when teeth are protruded or sticking out. By shaving more tooth structure and making the new veneers thinner, the new smile looks less protruded, less bulky and thus more desirable. There are more variables that can be altered such as masking dark stains on your existing teeth (tetracycline stains), thus full preparation veneers would be advised in such cases.
No-preparation veneers, commonly known as Lumineers, are not suitable for everyone. Only an expert such as Dr. Kim and Dr. Goodman can determine whether a patient would be a good candidate for this approach. Generally speaking, teeth that are already too large will not present as an ideal case for no-preparation veneers. Smaller teeth and inclined teeth will typically yield better results when using this approach.
Our dentists started using Lumineers in 1999, long before marketing efforts made them popular. Lumineers are made from a special porcelain material, which allows for the tooth to be virtually untouched in some cases. The use of local anesthetic is typically eliminated due to this factor. In Los Angeles lumineers are very popular but the patient must be a good candidate, please inquire with us for a consultation.
“If porcelain veneers look like the most beautiful porcelain veneers, they are a failure. If any person can tell a veneer from a natural tooth, it is a failure.” -Dr. Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD
The bite, the functionality, the occlusion and TMJ are major considerations when doing veneers or any type of smile makeover. Sometimes the bite must not be changed, sometimes the bite must not be changed.
Bite changes such as the vertical dimension or the height of your bite are very important tools that can help with the functionality and chewing comfort. When you have an overbite, underbite, reclined lower jaw or other imperfections, changing the bite, the height of the back teeth (vertical dimension), changing the position of the new teeth can be essential in a smile that results in a comfortable bite and jaw position.
We use veneers, full crowns and modified occlusal veneers to achieve this goal. Modified occlusal veneers are conservative veneers that cover the chewing surface much like an onlay or crown would do, but require much much less tooth reduction. Modified veneers are part crowns and part veneers, will help to obtain a strong bite without overusing the use of full preparation crowns.
Dr. Lisa Kim and Dr. Joseph Goodman are rated among the best cosmetic dentists Los Angeles has to offer with their winning combination of aesthetics, artistry, and advanced dental knowledge. After performing thousands of smile makeovers in the course of their respective careers, they confidently remake smiles by crafting veneers that are an ideal fit for each patient’s unique teeth.
Careful attention is paid to the exact color, shape, and contours of each veneer that is painstakingly created in a lab. A dental mold is made to create an exact replica of the patient’s mouth at your first dental appointment. Tooth color matching is also performed during the initial appointment as well, selecting the right shade from a template of tooth colors.
The goal is a tooth that looks completely natural as if it were your very own tooth, rather than a perfect, cookie-cutter tooth that does not match the rest of your smile. Teeth come in many shapes and sizes. Individual differences such as the patient’s cosmetic preferences are always considered throughout the process.
Porcelain material is unmatched in beauty. This durable and attractive material is considered the top-of-the-line option when it comes to replicating the look of natural teeth. Unlike dental bonding or composite, which has a more opaque color and is prone to chipping easily, porcelain is similar in strength and longevity, just like real teeth. It is truly incredible how thin modern veneers are today, all without negatively affecting the strength of the veneer. That means today’s patients have a more natural-looking and attractive smile than bulky veneers of the past, without compromising the integrity of the tooth since less tooth structure is shaved away to prepare the tooth surface for veneer application. You’ll love the results you see in the mirror once the veneers are in place. We use E-Max and Feldspathic veneers to achieve your smile makeover. The use of the correct material is essential to a successful case. Choosing the right material for a patient is determining longevity.
Porcelain dental veneers last a very long time, about 10 years or so for the average patient. Proper care is essential to keep veneers looking great for many years to come.
There is nothing special that you need to do in order to care for porcelain veneers. Simply maintain good oral hygiene practices, just as you would care for your own natural teeth. Dentists recommend brushing teeth twice daily, once in the morning and once at night before bed. If sticky, chewy, or high-sugar foods are eaten, it may be wise to gently brush the teeth or floss soon after consumption. Flossing each day is also an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Please wear a nightguard.
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